Monday, May 11, 2009

Vanilla Ice Cream

Almost a year ago, when I signed up for a Premium Service membership at the library which entitles members to borrow 4 additional books/AV items like VCD/DVD/software, etc, I borrowed a VCD called "Ice-Cream Making" by Agnes Chang. The VCD teaches how easy ice creams can be made at home without any ice cream maker. All you need is an electric mixer that will churn out the ice creams in about the same way. I had taken down some useful notes and will share it briefly here.

In that VCD, Agnes Chang introduces 3 ways of making ice cream at home:

1. The simple method (mango ice cream and strawberry ice cream)
This method does not require any eggs and is suitable for people who cannot consume eggs or is worried about consuming semi-cooked eggs. The main ingredients are coffeemate powder, sugar, milk and gelatine powder. However, I do not like the idea of adding gelatine to my ice creams cos it's not suitable for vegetarians so this method is out for me.

2. The quick method (double chocolate ice cream and rum and raisin ice cream)
This method is quick because it does not require the process of freezing until half frozen, whipping, and re-freezing. Just need to freeze one time only. The method involves cooking the custard > adding whipped egg whites > adding whipped cream. The end product is smooth enough and does not require additional whipping. However, I do not like the idea of adding raw egg whites to my ice creams so this method is out for me too.

3. The traditional method (vanilla ice cream and sweet corn ice cream)
This is the traditional way of making ice cream which involves cooking the custard > adding whipping cream and whisk up the mixture when it is half-frozen till smooth and fluffy, then re-freezing. And here I have just tried out her Vanilla Ice Cream using this method.



At last, I have put my Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract to good use. Below is a special recipe card (can I call this a recipe card??) that I have made myself. Hopefully, it will be useful to anyone who wants to make ice creams at home. Oh ya, if you need any recipes for the other methods, I have them too, but I can't tell you how good the result and taste is.

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28 comments:

  1. wow.. this box of ice cream really look like the one in suparmarket! Good job!

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  2. SSB, does it taste as creamy as store bought?

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  3. Thanks Grace. Haha, it really looks like store-bought cos it fills up exactly 1 box. :)

    Hi skinnymum, it's very creamy. In fact, I used non-dairy whipping cream. I bet it will be creamier if you use dairy cream.

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  4. Hi SSB, I like your recipe card...when I first saw it at flickr, I thot your recipe was published in some magazines, well done! After looking at all your current and previous homemade ice cream, I am so inspired to try making it :)

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  5. Hi HHB, thanks! But my recipe won't be good enough to be published in magazines hehe! I just do it for fun. I'm someone who is uncreative with no artistic talent at all!

    You can give it a try. I know you are concerned about the raw eggs. I'm looking for recipes for eggless ice creams so that it is safer to consume. Will share it if I have tried one. :)

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  6. Hi SSB,

    Well done...your ice cream looks like those bought from the supermart but I know for sure it taste 100% better :P

    My Piggies love home made ice cream anytime. Not so sweet either :)

    Thanks for sharing the tips.

    Cheers,
    Elin

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  7. Thanks Elin, you better make some ice creams for your piggies soon. I'm looking forward to your homemade ice creams too. :)

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  8. HI SSB

    this recipe uses raw egg yolks but i noticed you have "cooked" them. does that mean they are safe to consume now, after cooking them using the method you have described? sorry, hope you don't find this a stupid question...i am interested to make ice cream but want to avoid those recipes that use raw eggs. thks
    octopusmum

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  9. Hi octopusmum, it's definitely not a stupid question to ask. I have concerns about consuming half-cooked eggs too, esp if there are children at home. The presence of "Salmonella" could be dangerous to children.

    I cannot be sure that the eggs cooked in this way is safe to consume. If you want to be really sure, you can use a food thermometer and make sure that the eggs are cooked to a minimum temperature of 160 deg F/71 deg C (not sure it will scramble the eggs or not!).

    Otherwise, you can look for ice cream recipes that do not require eggs. I'm looking for that too. In this VCD, there's also a method which uses gelatine.

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  10. HI SSB

    thks for your prompt reply! i have no problems eating half boiled eggs but juz worried about my kids...okay, will wait for your recipe without eggs then.

    thks
    octopusmum

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  11. Hi,
    This is my first visit @ your blog. Great blog! :) Will be visiting more often ;)

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  12. yum yum, it looks good! Your ice cream is superior to those sold outside coz you use concentrated vanilla, shiok!

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  13. Hi octopusmum, I hope I can try the eggless recipe soon!

    Hi Blessed Homemaker, I wouldn't have discovered your wonderful blog if you didn't leave a comment on mine. Nice to know another blogger who is passionate about baking and cooking. Keep it up! :)

    Thanks wiffy! Hee.. definitely better than those sold in supermarkets. But still a long way from the real premium ice creams. :)

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  14. oh yes!! ice cream!! I found a ice cream maker leftover by MIL in garage..I'm going to use it this coming summer to make ice cream..Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

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  15. You have an ice cream maker? Cool! I wish I have that too. Hope to see your delicious homemade ice creams soon!

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  16. I told my parents that no more ice cream from supermarket this summer but homemade and limited edition only, LOL ! I hope mine will turns out as good as yours and won't disappoint and scare my dear parents. Thanks for sharing ^_^

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  17. Hi chumpm,an, I'm sure your parents will love the ice cream that you have made for them. Hope you all like it. :)

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  18. I like your recipe card...when I first saw it at flickr, I thot your recipe was published in some magazines, well done! After looking at all your current and previous homemade ice cream, I am so inspired to try making it :)

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  19. Thanks ratu for your generous compliment! My photography skill is not good enough to look as good as magazines. I really hope you can try out the ice creams. My favourites are cookies & cream, mango yoghurt and toblerone. Hope you like them too!

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  20. simple but delicious..

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  21. Hey,

    Thanks for this great recipe. I am also worried about consuming raw eggs, so this is perfect.
    But how much custard do you put in? That was the only ingredient you didn't specify.

    Thanks

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  22. i like your recipe, i'll try it.

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  23. u know, ur picture is really great!
    u can send this one to station tv so that they can be published. :D

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  24. Hi,

    I tried another version of vanilla ice cream from the book which you follow for the cream & cookies ice cream to make this vanilla ice cream. But unfortunately i have to throw away the whole things has when i mix the whipping cream with the eggs mixture, it turns out horrible with lump every where. no matter how i tried to mix also cannot achieve a smooth batter. Can you please tell me why it is like that.

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  25. Hi Vivian,

    I'm not really sure what had happened to the ice cream when you mix them up, as I'm not really that experienced too.

    Did you cool the egg mixture first before adding the whipping cream? Maybe if the mixture is too hot, might cause the lumps when you try to add in the cold whipping cream?

    If u are using dairy cream, did you overwhip the cream? If you overwhip the cream, it will curdle and turn yellowish, and eventually into butter.

    Hope it helps!

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  26. Hi, i'm vivian again. i had tried your version of vanilla ice cream which i think can be called successful. my husband complain it a bit too sweet. maybe becos i using non-diary whipping cream instead of whipping cream, i guess! Anyway, he's almost finishing the whole ice cream by himself as i cannot eat since i'm pregnant now.... just a spoonful or two only....
    Thanks to you...

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  27. Hi Vivian, glad to know that you have successful. So did you find out the reason why the precious one was unsuccessful? If you can't take half-cooked eggs as you are pregnant now, try my mango yoghurt ice cream. It is eggless and much more easier to make and very tasty. Let me know again. :)

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  28. Hi, I tried making them as it seems really easy. However it turns out icy not creamy like yours. Would you know what went wrong please ? Thanks for sharing all your recipe

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